Original Moroccan Jambia Dagger Adorned in Silver Brass and Enamel circa 1870

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Janbiya, also spelled janbia, jambiya, and jambia (Arabic: ?????? janbiyah), is the Arabic term for dagger, but it is generally used to describe a specific type of dagger with a short curved blade. The term janbiya is used in various Arab countries and India, it is closely associated with the people of Yemen and is prevalent among Muslim men in the Horn of Africa (primarily the Afars of Djibouti).

Our example, dating from Queen Victoria's time, around 1870, has a wicked double sided curved blade mounted into what appears to be a wooden hilt almost entirely encased in brass, heavily inlaid with silver filigree with red and blue enamel accents. It really is quite breathtaking in appearance.

The dagger comes with its original metal scabbard with heavily worked silver to the front and engraved brass to the rear. The scabbard is supported either side by two large brass belt rings. Blade measures 9 1/2" with dagger's overall length at 15".

Wonderful silver workmanship, very compelling.

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